(August 31, 2000 – Burbank, CA) - “A Star Is Born,” the classic musical starring Judy Garland and James Mason, will be released for the first time ever on DVD on September 19. The Warner Home Video DVD, featuring a number of extras, will sell for $24.98 SRP. Directed by George Cukor, “A Star is Born” was nominated for six Academy-Awards® including Best Actress and Best Actor. The film tells the story of Norman Maine (Mason), an alcoholic film star who meets and marries Esther Blodgett (Garland), an unknown aspiring singer/actress. As Blodgett rises to fame and fortune, she is transformed into a major star, ‘Vicki Lester.’ Simultaneously, Maine’s career spirals downward ending in tragedy. Inconsolable at first, Lester finds the determination to go on with her career. The DVD extras in “A Star Is Born,” include: the 1954 theatrical trailer as well as the original theatrical trailers of the 1937 and 1976 versions, network telecast of the 1954 premiere, documentary coverage of the post-premiere party, three alternative filmings of the song “The Man That Got Away” and the deleted song “When My Sugar Walks Down the Street.” Also included is: audio of two still-missing scenes from the 1954 premiere version, “A Report by Jack L. Warner” featuring footage not seen in the movie, filmographies of Garland, Mason and director Cukor, widescreen format, surround audio and subtitles in English and French.
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